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Squeaky Wheel
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Was at the scrap yard today and I saw to beat up Bolens, a G10 and a G12, pretty rough for restore in my book, but I will be grabbing the G10 this week to rob the wheels and tires (8.50 ags), plus the starter generator off of. Anyone going to need anything, or should I take it back when I am done pulling what I want?
 

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Where are you located? I might be interested in the trans if you are close to me. otherwise I could probably use some smaller stuff off of them. Mufflers, steering parts, etc.

Jason
 

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I know but I'm not big in Bolens, just cool tires LOL. I am in West Virginia. If theres enough interest in the g12 and i will grab it too though.
 

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Squeaky Wheel
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I am fairly confident right now that both have Techumsehs. I know the G12 I read an HH on the engine and the G10 looks pretty much the same, so whatever. I may grab them both and if they turn over and I can get them to run and move beat the crap out of the fenders until they are usable and then just have them LOL. Definitely wanting the G10 though, sorta cool, but I will have to grab an extra chassis or 2 seen in the background for steering wheels and in case the trannys are the reason the tractors are in the scrap yard to start with!!!
 

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Bolens 1000 said:
I say get them both :thumbs:
:ditto:
I can't imagine anyone throwing them in the scrap.
 

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Squeaky Wheel
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Went back to the scrap yard today and loaded up both the G10 and G12 as well as a Bolens front snow blade, front axle assembly, and a small trailer axle (perfect for garden trailer). I even grabbed the seat off that late model mower in one of the pics. I did not bother grabbing any of the other bolens chassis stuff because all the other transmissions had cover plates off or were gutted, plus the other steering wheels were junk too. Anyway, weighed 1500 pounds and cost me 273 bucks. the G12 has no carb on it and the rear fenders were so rotted and beat to hell I left them at the scrap yard. anyway, what does anyone think now?
 

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I think you did alright and you will have a lot of usable parts. It is a shame that people let these old garden tractors go like that and haul em off to scrap.
 

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Squeaky Wheel
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I am going to attempt to get one of them operational, Bolens 1000 said that they were "only" part tractors so I took that as a challenge. Not sure if either engine turns over yet but I figure on only fixing up one to begin with... starting with the one that turns over, and if they both do, the g10 will be the test, but if I find a carb in my stuff that will fit on a 12 hp I will try the G12 too. Anyone have any suggestions as to what the look for first on these Bolens as to whether they will even work??
 

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MH81 said:
Did you figure out what the engines were yet?

Sounds like a good haul, especially with the wheel weights & plow.
Ya, they both seem to be Tecumsehs and I think I am going to see if either turn over here soon. They are both on dads truck right now so I can't open their hoods but uh, doesn't mean I cant' turn them somehow.
 

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Well, I went out there and messed with them some and both do in fact turn over by hand easy, didn't feel much in way ov compression, except on I think the G10.
The damage:

G10: steering column moves so will probably turn, but there is no steering wheel... hmmm. The front tires are not even the same width but the other front axle has pair of narrows so that can be the fronts. The trans shift lever move, couldnt get any gears but might not be the right position. The clutch pedal is bent but heat and a vise will fix that, but I will need an idler, cause it's missing. I have one good scrap yard seat between both tractors so I can use that.

G12: No carb but have a 10 hp vertical techumseh (aluminum crap) with a carb that is probably good. The steering wheel is junk but the column spins free, which in this case means the steering is missing the linkage between the steering gear and the front axle. The fenders were total junk so I left them at the scraper, however I have the old set of craftsman Gt18 fenders still so can use those. I was able to shift into 3 of the 4 gears on the G12 so that's encouraging... for now. Would be missing a seat but first gotta see if it works. As for rear tires, the left is junk but I have spare 10.50s but mabey with a tube the 9.50 thats on it will be ok.

So what is the real damage or reason they were scraped? I dunno, mabey if I get them running I will find out what was wrong. Any suggestions now?
 

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Overall I think you got a good deal, including the weights.
As to why they were scrapped, there could be many reasons why they were scrapped.

I wish you the best in getting them going.
Sounds like you may be able to get one good tractor out of all the parts.
 
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